What is better - Marantz SR5012 vs Marantz NR1607?
AV receivers under review have the same number of channels. In terms of power, there are differences, the SR5012 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 100/8, while the NR1607 has a power of 50/8, 70/6. A common feature for devices is the same total harmonic distortion - 0.08%.
Competitive models use the same DAC. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Marantz SR5012 and Marantz NR1607 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
These units have the same Wi-Fi modules. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The contenders have differences in the supported services from Apple - AirPlay, AirPlay 2 versus AirPlay respectively. Access to the Spotify service is on each of the competitors. The number of available streaming services varies for receivers, the Marantz SR5012 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud, but the Marantz NR1607 works with Pandora, Sirius XM.
Support for the HDR function can only boast of each of the AV receivers. The quality of 4K/60Hz signal remains unchanged when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector via HDMI for both receivers. Signaling over HDMI in standby mode can provide the SR5012 and the NR1607. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the SR5012.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the SR5012 has 8/2, and the NR1607 has 8/1. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the SR5012 and the NR1607. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. SR5012 and NR1607 support the standard HDCP 2.2. Unlike most receivers, our models do not have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.
Ability to create 2 Multi zones inherent in both AV receivers. There is an ECO mode in either AV receiver. The Marantz SR5012 and the Marantz NR1607 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available both models. A DTS:X surround technology is supported by devices from our comparison.